William ‘Bill’ Hesson, 1949–2019

William “Bill” Hesson, a former leader and longtime administrator for University of Iowa Health Care, died Oct. 30, 2019. He was 70 years old.

Hesson served as chief legal counsel for UI Hospitals & Clinics for many years, retiring as associate vice president for legal affairs for UI Health Care in 2014.

Many UI Health Care employees will remember Hesson for his administrative skill, his expertise, and his sound judgment. He was also well known for his good humor and collegial nature.

Following are excerpts from Hesson’s obituary:

“Hesson attended high school in Newton, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa, going on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law. Shortly after graduation, he joined the administrative team at UI Hospitals & Clinics in 1979. In addition to his duties as chief legal counsel, Hesson also served as an adjunct professor in the UI College of Public Health, teaching health law to countless graduate students.

“During his career, Hesson served four hospital administrations, playing a key role in major issues and initiatives for UI Health Care. He was the first civilian member of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and he also proudly served on the board for Thombert, a Newton, Iowa, company that his mother spearheaded to success.

“Bill lived by the four ‘H’s’: humor, honor, history, and humility. His calm nature, dry sense of humor, and wit will be missed. The honor of his advocacy for doing the right thing—even when it was the hard thing—will continue to touch lives with the institutions that he helped steer to prosperity.”

Sincerest condolences go out to Hesson’s family and friends.


  1. It is hard for me to fathom UIHC without Bill Hesson. His integrity, kindness, and good humor sustained me during difficult times as Chair.

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